Stawell returned empty-handed from South Australian road trip

DRIVE: Courtney Morrow carries the ball down the court for the Stawell Wildcats against Warrnambool earlier in the season. Picture: Amy Paton

DRIVE: Courtney Morrow carries the ball down the court for the Stawell Wildcats against Warrnambool earlier in the season. Picture: Amy Paton

The Stawell Lady Wildcats had a tough weekend on the road when they played both South Australian Country Basketball League women’s teams at the weekend.

The Lady Wildcats lost 39-108 to Millicent on Saturday night before travelling to Mount Gambier where they lost 45-108 on Sunday.

Julia Maasland was Stawell’s top scorer against Millicent with 13 points for the game.

Coach Grace Bibby also shot eight points for her team against Millicent.

Bibby said she was glad to see Maasland getting some reward for her effort.

“Julia is still very raw with her knowledge of the game,” she said.

“But she has come a long way since the start of the season.”

Millicent’s Olivia Fuller scored 33 points to top score for the home team.

Bibby said Fuller got reward from Stawell’s inability to maintain possession.

“It was not so much their defence that worried us,” she said.

“It was our ability to get the ball into our front half of the court that we struggled with.”

Bibby said she did not know what to expect from the new team.

“It was the first time I’ve seen them, the whole team was made up of young quick girls,” she said.

The team then travelled to Mount Gambier where they had more success in offence, scoring 45 points – including a run of 10 points while keeping the home side to two during the last quarter.

Bibby said the team’s match against Mount Gambier showed more promise.

“We actually played pretty well against Mount Gambier,” she said.

“We moved the ball better on Sunday.”

Bibby said the team has confidence in its ability but fitness played a part in the result.

“We have always known we can match it with good teams for one quarter,” she said.

“The lack of numbers and lack of fitness means we cannot sustain it for more than one quarter each game.”

The Lady Wildcats will play their last games of the season at the Stawell Leisure Centre against Corio Bay and Millicent at the weekend.

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